The University of Louisville has a friend in Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Hance said he lobbied for U of L to be the Big 12's choice for expansion a year ago and still thinks the Cardinals might make more sense for the league than West Virginia.
Hance, a former congressman, is one of the people that Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell called on U of L's behalf when the league was trying to decide between U of L and WVU last year. Hance was a vocal supporter of U of L at the time, and has been refreshingly candid and forthcoming about his role in the various discussions at all times.
So his support is good news for the Cardinals. The bad is that he couldn't give any clear indication of when there might be more Big 12 movement.
"We're set and so is everyone else in the Big 12 for the next 13 years," Hance told the paper. "Will there be additions? Maybe. I felt like Louisville would have been a great addition. They have a large TV market in Kentucky and Ohio, Indiana.
"They're closer than West Virginia. I'm glad we have West Virginia, but I would have preferred Louisville over West Virginia. But I'm glad West Virginia's in. If we add other schools, I would think Louisville would be at the top of the list."
Hance, of course, is only one person, but his comments do illustrate, in a rare point-blank public statement, that U of L has some solid support within the Big 12.
But the question of further Big 12 expansion remains a definite "maybe" at best.
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